Climate science data gets new funding

July 17, 2018

 

Australian climate science has been given a boost with the announcement of a major new project to improve the access to, and analysis of, climate research data.

 

The Climate and Weather Science project, led by the National Computational Infrastructure (NCI), has received $425,000 of joint funding from the NCRIS ANDS, Nectar and RDS projects as part of their Data Enhanced Virtual Lab (DEVL) program, plus a further $470,000 of co-investment.

 

Project partners include: 

  • National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) [lead partner]

  • The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM)

  • CSIRO

  • ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science (ARCCSS)

  • ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes (CLEX)

  • National Environmental Science Programme (NESP) Earth Systems and Climate Change Hub (ESCC).

 

The project supports Australia’s role in the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) Coupled Model Intercomparison Project Phase 6 (CMIP6), a major international research activity underpinning global climate modelling.
 

The results from CMIP6 will form the basis for assessments by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). This in turn informs global climate agreements and their implementation (such as the Paris Agreement), as well as providing climate forecasts to government, business and industry.

 

The availability of CMIP6 model outputs will be critical for future climate projections research in Australia, including on the timing, extent and consequences of climate change.

The infrastructure to support the delivery, management and analysis of climate and weather data has been largely in the domain of NCRIS - and principally under programs supported by ANDS, RDS and Nectar.


Project outcomes
Coordination and management of data to improve access and use by a broad research and user community.


Climate researchers can access and use the international best-practice tools and workflows referenced in the CMIP6 Model Evaluation System, and other identified best-practice tools and workflows that allow ready analysis of the data.

 

Improved capability for the research community to undertake more innovative research methods.

Improved collaboration for local and international climate research through use of community tools, common workflows and data platforms.

 

Climate and weather data is more easily accessible for use across a number of different areas of research both directly at NCI as well as remotely.

 

Data management, services and access by other digital environments that facilitate communication and reliable translation of research outputs with industry, other research communities and for policy development.

 

ANDS, Nectar, RDS, and NCI are projects of the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) program, an initiative of the Commonwealth Department of Education and Training.

 

For any enquiries about this project, please contact the project coordinator Paul Coddington at paul.coddington@nectar.org.au.


 

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Monash University is the lead agent of ANDS.

The University of Melbourne is the lead agent of Nectar.

The University of Queensland is the lead agent of RDS.

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This activity received grant funding from the Australian Government through the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy.